Comment sought on WA suicide prevention plan

Paul Hayes

10/10/2019 11:17:45 AM

The draft plan is described as ‘a blueprint for a government and whole-of-community approach to suicide prevention in Western Australia’.

Roger Cook
State Mental Health Minister Roger Cook believes WA needs to ‘draw on the critical knowledge and strength of local communities and service providers’. (Image: Sophie Moore)

The Western Australian Government has released its draft Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2021–2025 for public feedback.
‘Suicide is a devastating tragedy that not only hurts those close to a person when they take their own life, but it has repercussions that are felt throughout a local community and our society more broadly,’ State Mental Health Minister Roger Cook said.
‘We need to draw on the critical knowledge and strength of local communities and service providers as we try to prevent these tragedies.’
The draft plan includes 50 suggested actions, which the government said were informed by ‘state-wide consultation to help reduce the incidence of suicide’.
Actions identified include:

  • increasing access to services for families and communities bereaved by suicide
  • implementing consistent assessment and early intervention frameworks and services for suicidal ideation and behaviour
  • developing crisis and support plans and protocols for high-risk populations with their local communities.
‘This draft preventative action plan draws on the expertise of communities from across Western Australia and highlights the need to prioritise capability and resources to respond to those most vulnerable,’ Minister Cook said.
‘By doing so, we can work towards improving the health and wellbeing of local communities and the broader community of Western Australia.’
Public comment can be provided on the State Government website. The public feedback period runs until Tuesday 22 October.

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